Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 13:00 UTC
Legal Joel Spolsky is ramping up the fight against patent trolls, the scourge of small companies and startups trying to advance technology in new and interesting ways. Sadly, while Spolsky is right on the money on everything, and even though the fight has to start somewhere, I think he - and others - are doing the industry a huge disservice by focussing entirely on pure patent trolls, without actually addressing the other side of the coin: medium and large business engaging in the same patent troll behaviour.
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RE[2]: Rigged game
by Alfman on Thu 4th Apr 2013 21:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Rigged game"
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Well, to be fair we're not opposed to all protections, however I think you'll find most software developers will prefer copyright over patents because it doesn't block anybody's path the way patents do.

The reason is simple, copyright infringement cases are open and shut. if you implement your own code, your not guilty. With patents we can infringe regardless of whether the work is our own, which is why we hate them.

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